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Eye Candy: Porsche 356 Dana Point Concours

The Porsche 356 concours was held at Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point, California | Bob Golfen photos
The Porsche 356 concours was held at Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point, California | Bob Golfen photos

To outsiders, the Porsche 356 is a strange little beast, squat and round and so unlike the sleek exotics favored by most European car buffs. But for those who know them, the little cars originally created by Ferdinand Porsche are simply the most fun on wheels, their unique design and driving character making them a consistent favorite among those who love sports cars.

Southern California is the Mecca for 356 fanatics so, not surprisingly, the 356 Club of Southern California is the biggest regional contingent in the United States. Last weekend, the club hosted its 30th annual Dana Point Concours, which the club notes is the largest “356-only fully judged concours in the world.” Continue reading

‘Time warp’ Jaguar XJ220 at Russo and Steele auction in Monterey

The mid-engine Jaguar XJ220 was once the world's fastest production car | Russo and Steele photos
The mid-engine Jaguar XJ220 was once the world’s fastest production car | Russo and Steele photos

Rarely seen but well-known among supercar enthusiasts, a 1993 Jaguar XJ220 in “time warp” condition will be offered in August at Russo and Steele’s auction during classic car week in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Museums: LeMay hosts motorcycles during ‘The Meet’

Indian motorcycle on display at previous Meet | ACM photos

Hundreds of vintage motorcycles and scooters will be displayed Saturday on the Haub Family Field at the LeMay – America’s car museum in Tacoma, Washington, for their annual vintage motorcycle festival, The Meet.  The museum anticipates nearly every brand in motorcycle history to be represented alongside various vendor booths and food trucks. Other highlights include free seminars and performances by the Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team.

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Pick of the Day: 1967 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8

The 1967 Austin Healey 3000 looks to be in splendid condition
The 1967 Austin Healey 3000 looks to be in splendid condition

With mixed feelings, I noted the Hagerty report this week about the relative values of specific collector cars in relation with value trends in the market as a whole. My ambivalence came from the result for the Austin Healey 3000, which finished dead last in the listing, garnering 7 out of 100 points, with 50 being the median for a car that is keeping up with the market trends; anything higher means it’s moving ahead, anything lower means it’s falling behind.

The Healey’s low result shows that the British sports car has crested in value, and has even fallen back slightly for No. 1 quality examples. This for a car that a decade ago was setting records for its soaring popularity at collector car auctions. Continue reading

Mecum ups the game for its motorcycle auction in Monterey

A rarely seen 1938 Crocker, a U.S. bike with a V-twin engine, is the star of the auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A rarely seen 1938 Crocker, a U.S. bike with a V-twin engine, is the star of the auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Ron Christenson speaks with fervor about classic motorcycles, his stock and trade as president of Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auctions. He’s a lucky man who has parlayed his passion into a fun and lucrative business.

Christenson started MidAmerica motorcycle auctions in 1989, he said, after several years selling collector cars. In no time, it became obvious that the collector motorcycle market was a valuable niche he found more enjoyable than auctioning automobiles. It eventually become his company’s full-time endeavor. Continue reading

Hagerty adds specific vehicle ratings to the toolbox

1998 Ferrari F355 Spider tops the initial ratings with a score of 98 | Hagerty/RM Sotheby's photo
1998 Ferrari F355 Spider tops the initial ratings with a score of 98 | Hagerty/RM Sotheby’s photo

Proclaiming that, “Knowledge is power when it comes to researching your dream vehicle. No one wants to be made a fool when they decide to make a purchase,” McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of the family-owned collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company, unveiled a new tool Wednesday — the Hagerty Vehicle Rating.

The new ratings, to be updated on a bimonthly basis, will rate each vehicle on a 100-point scale. A score of 50 indicates a model is keeping pace with the rest of the market. Higher ratings indicate a car’s value is moving ahead of the market curve while lower ratings indicate the car’s value is trailing the overall marketplace. Continue reading

2017 Open Wheel World Challenge set for Indy Motor Speedway

Open wheel race group | SVRA photos

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association has announced plans for a new  event, the SVRA Open Wheel World Challenge, to take place June 8-11, 2017 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The program will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Formula Ford class, but anticipates as many as 500 vintage racing cars to participate in the event, which takes place the weekend preceding NASCAR’s Brickyard 400.

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Car Craft Magazine Summer Nationals embrace individuality

A heavily horsepower  infused Pontiac Firebird gets checked in | William Hall photos
A  horsepower infused Chevrolet Camaro rumbles in | William Hall photos

For the second year in a row, the Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee played host to the Car Craft Magazine Summer Nationals on July 15-17, attracting nearly 2,000 registrants in a wildly diverse showing of American automotive ingenuity.

Nothing seemed inappropriate for the event, which welcomed amphibious fire trucks, stunningly-preserved muscle cars, and tubbed and blown pro-street racers. There were no designated groups or areas for individual makes; instead, cars were parked in random combinations throughout the grounds, making for interesting discoveries at every turn. Continue reading

Mile-a-day 1963 ‘Green Goddess’ Cortina headed to auction

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1963 Ford Cortina has been driven an average of 1 mile per day since new | Historics at Brooklands photos

Ford produced somewhere north of one million Cortina Mk. I models, and among the rarest of that massive lot must be the 1963 1500 GT that’s going up for bids at the Historics at Brooklands auction August 20 near Weybridge, England.

So what makes this particular Cortina so rare? Well, since it rolled off the line at Ford’s Dagenham assembly plant, it has been driven an average of only one mile a day. After 53 years, the car shows only 19,244 miles on its odometer. Continue reading

Mathis emerges from WW2 hiding and heads to auction

1931 Mathis was hidden from Nazi Army during World War II | Silverstone Auctions photos

Sometime in the 1940s, a 1931 Mathis was hidden away from an invading (and looting) Axis army by being locked away atop blocks within a chateau in northern France. Seventy-two years later, the car was discovered, purchased along with two others, and now will be offered for sale at Silverstone Auctions’s Silverstone Classic sale July 29-31 in England. Continue reading